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Posted on December 22nd, 2020

More than 7 years into recovery, Susannah Constantine talks about her battle with alcoholism

More than 7 years into recovery, Susannah Constantine talks about her battle with alcoholism

Alcohol is a perfect solvent: It dissolves marriages, families and careers

~ Anonymous

The lockdown during the early part of 2020 brought in new figures in front of the world, not only in terms of more people requiring mental health assistance but also in terms of increased number of people seeking help for alcohol addiction. The forced stay-at-home orders actually provided an excuse for people to seek out their favorite drink to get through these challenging times and calm their nerves.

Seeing the number of people reaching out to seek help, TV presenter Susannah Constantine shared her story of recovery, for the first time, in the hope to help these people. Believing that her alcohol addiction was her private matter, she never talked about it before. However, after hearing about the number of people seeking help, she changed her mind.

Alcohol was controlling her

Alcohol was normalized for Susannah as her mother and grandmother were big drinkers. She would start drinking at 6 pm daily and would struggle to remember the last night. Susannah had started drinking more around the time her mother was at the end of her life and her children had started becoming independent. In fact, she recalledthe instance when she was asked to leave a friend’s party because she was sodrunk that she could barely stand. She was so ashamed of herself the next morning that she decided to seek help.

But it took her to hit her rock bottom before she actually followed through with her decision. In 2013, when she was holidaying with her husband in Cornwall, she blacked out and fell. When she woke up, she realized two things: the first that she had broken two small bones in her back and the second that she needed to seek help for her alcoholism. “Drinking had ceased to be fun. I had ceased to be fun. I was no longer in control, it was controlling me,” she admitted in her essay to the Daily Mail.

First step towards recovery

The What Not to Wear star said that accepting that you have a problem is the first step to recovery. As she never allowed her drinking to start in the day, it was easy for her to deny that she had a problem. However, after that realization in Cornwall dawned on her, it did not take her long to take the first step towards recovery. “It was so liberating. The relief was so immense because I could change it,” she said talking about the moment she accepted that she was an alcoholic.

Just like her, Americans are also realizing that they need help. According to the figures released by the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in November 2020, 26,272 people (an increase of more than 35 percent)reached out to for help on their helpline for online services in the first quarter of the year. Similarly, nearly 27,000 people sought help in the second quarter of 2020, recording a 15 percent increase compared to the same period in 2019.

The lockdown made people lonely, anxious and stressed. It also made people desperate. With online sale of alcohol burgeoning, people did not realize that they were paving the way to their own destruction.

Seeking help for alcoholism

Alcoholism is a scourge. It has many short and long-term effects that are not limited to the individual indulging in alcohol. However, seeking timely intervention sets one on the path to recovery and helps in overcoming the disease.

The road to recovery from alcohol addiction starts with a detox. A NAD detox helps in ridding the body of the toxins accumulated with years of alcohol abuse so that the required treatment can start in earnest. If you notice the symptoms of alcoholism in yourself or a loved one, then get in touch NTR/NAD Detox of Arizona. We offer evidence-based alcohol detox programs that can help you manage the severe withdrawal symptoms associated with alcoholism. Call our 24/7 helpline number 866-593-8453 or chat online with an admission counselor for the guidance in choosing the right detox program for alcohol addiction for you.